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John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 30, 2014

Great School to be part of, dedicated staff & principal. Focusing on kids according to there capabilities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

I had two kids in this school for 4 years, so we totally have 8 teachers plus music teacher, art teacher, PE teacher and computer teacher, totally about 16 teachers. 5 of them deserve A++ because they inspired my children. I gave 7 of them A as they cared about students and were eager to improve students academially, and 4 of them are B (either unexperienced young teachers or impatient teachers). Overall, I am very happy to have my kids studied here for 4 years. They loved the school. On weekends, they would ask me "Is tomorrow Monday?" That says a lot about their feelings of school. One last word, if your kid would be in Mr. Seagal's class, he/she is really lucky!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

Both my kids went to JFK when they were young so I can safely write my opinions on the education system here. If your kid is a high achiever he would be recognized for all his abilities and efforts but if your kid is a high ability kid who needs challenge beyond what is required in the regular or enrichment classroom/group you are in for a big trouble. There are very limited teachers in the school who are capable of or should I say have an eye to identify high ability kids.Both my kids were gifted (one went to harvard and the other recently got into princeton with full scholarship) and when they had attended this school,they had to go through a tough time to receive challenge to their ability.The AI program in the district is flawed.They are really good in identifying kids who are moderately gifted but fail to identify kids who are highly gifted. They rely too much on teacher inputs. Unfortunately, due to the lack of challenge;both my kids never were teacher favorites. All this will change once you get out of this school into intermediate and their true potential is not only identified but tapped in as well. Be really wary if your child is highly gifted and is going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2012

Both of my kids went to JFK and I can't believe this school isn't rated a 9 or 10. I believe it's rated this way because it doesn't have as many special needs programs as the middle school or high school. There can't be any other reason. The teachers are absolutely wonderful. They are involved with the kids and truly want to help them learn and grow into wonderful citizens. The school gets the parents involved and the small community feeling is what my kids loved there. The middle school and high school are of course, much bigger so my kids really enjoyed the family feel of this school. It was a great beginning to their education process. I would very much recommend this school. You and your kids will absolutely love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

Great School and excellent teachers. The school should deserve a rating of 9 or 10. Most of the teachers make an extra effort to develop the kid in an all round manner not only in academics. The homeworks are almost catered to individual kids abilities. The school also recognizes the kids who are advanced and caters to their needs. This is one of the few schools in the district that offers everything - pe, arts, music, computers, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

JFK is a great school, teachers are are so good, but unfortunately they do not help the kids excel. They focus too much on kids issues & neglect to work with other kids to help them reach their full potential. It is so sad to see that academically JFK is always the worst performer in the school district, when they actually have such good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

My son just graduated to the middle school and my daughter is entering the 2nd grade. The principal is great (he is fairly new so I do not believe that the previous remarks about the principal are about him). A lot of parent involvement, but some teachers are fairly young and inexperienced. Overall, I am very pleased with the education that my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

Our 4th and 5th children are currently attending JFK. The quality of education, staff commitment, and nurturing atmosphere are exceptional. We have had children attend Adamsville, Hillside, the Middle School and High School. None compare to the quality at JFK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

good, nurturing teachers. Some parent involvement. very safe school- always a policeman close by. many parents unhappy with the administration including the principal. Alot of ESL students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Our family has been warmly welcomed into the JFK family- we are fortunate to have a strong PTO- and a great crew of volunteers- Our daughter, currently in AM Kindergarten has flourished. The continual focus on bringing math into the 'everyday' arena has been useful.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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71%

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67%

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58%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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61%

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69%

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57%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students68%
Female79%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian71%
Hispanic52%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education30%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education52%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students54%
Female55%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic29%
White51%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant54%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic48%
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students86%
Female93%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education86%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 51%
Hispanic 24% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Black 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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